As we get closer to the next summer transfer window, let’s look back at the biggest transfer deals in 2018. 2017 saw some massive deals go through with a new record – Neymar’s PSG’s for €222 million became the most expensive transfer in the history of the sport by an incredible margin of £110 million!
With bigger sponsorship and TV rights deals there is now more money than ever in Football and this certainly helped fuel the 2018 transfer window.
1. Kylian Mbappe – Monaco to PSG – £121.5m
The 2018 record goes to Mbappe, but it was actually negotiated in 2017. The Frenchman was technically on loan in the French capital last season, but the huge fee was an obligation this year, unless PSG had got relegated!
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid to Juventus – £105.3m
The shock of the summer was the move by Portuguese super athlete from the European champions and Ronaldo’s home for years to Juventus. And it seems he was worth it! Juventus won their 13th Coppa Italia title and fourth in a row, in a 4–0 win over Milan, extending the all-time record of successive Coppa Italia titles. Juventus also secured their seventh consecutive Serie A title.
3 Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City to Manchester City – £63 million
Machester City’s most expensive signing in 2018 was Riyad Mahrez who moved from Leicester City. Mahrez helped Leicester pull of one of the greatest football underdog stories by winning the Premier League in 2016!
4 Thomas Lemar – Monaco to Atletico Madrid £61 million
A member of France’s World Cup-winning squad, but he announced his departure from Monaco during the competition in June 2018 , his move to Spanish side Athletico Madrid for a fee of £61 million, makes him the clubs most expensive player of all time
Alisson (Roma to Liverpool) – £56.25m
The Reds have been crying out for a world class goalkeeper for several seasons, and they finally pulled out the cheque book to sign one. The Brazil number one seems to be worth every penny with a Champions League title and a 2nd place in the English Premiership in 2019.
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